Many people are approaching the sport of mountain biking for the first time due to their huge surge in popularity in recent times. It can be difficult to know what to look for and what to do when you're planning to ride in a new environment even if you are used to riding road bikes. To get the most out of your mountain bike follow the 10 tips below:

1. Take the time to select the bike that is right for you and one that fits you properly rather than gravitating towards the first impressive looking mountain bike you see. To check the fit and comfort take the bike on a test ride.

2. Spend now, save later. You may not want to invest much money in a mountain bike before you're sure how much you'll enjoy riding it, and it's true that the most expensive bikes really only offer an advantage to experienced riders, but it's worth investing in a good, durable bike to avoid having to fork out on repairs later. Most good beginners bikes cost between six hundred and eight hundred dollars.

3. Select the correct wheels. Since the wheels will obviously take most of the abuse and wear, make sure you choose the right tires based on the type of terrain and trails you plan to ride on and how much off road riding you think you will be doing.

4. Ease off on the brakes. To ride a mountain bike effectively you need to learn how to cruise. It may not feel that way, but in general, the faster you're going the more stable you are. Let your bike take the strain on long downhill slopes and use that momentum for the next rise.

5. Learn about the local trails. There isn't much point in buying a mountain bike and not knowing where and how to ride it. Mountain bike clubs are sprouting up all over the world and they can recommend the best trails for you to ride on in your locale.

6. Play it safe. It's inevitable that you'll fall sooner or later if you are riding your mountain bike hard. It's of most importance that sure purchase (and wear) a good helmet. Some mountain bikers like to make use of protective padding such as chest protectors, gloves, elbow and knee pads.

7. Look after your mountain bike. Proper storage and regular cleaning can make your bike last a lot longer and give you better performance. Investing a little effort will save you money on repairs.

8. Build up gradually. You may feel tempted to spend all day riding when you first get a mountain bike. Your muscles can become strained in unexpected ways when riding on the trail. It's important that you get used to the new experience and pace yourself as such. If you strain a muscle it could sideline you for weeks.

9. Develop a taste for adventure. You can go to places you may never have thought of going before on your mountain bike. You can find advice on the wide range of new riding experiences now open to you from bike shops, clubs and magazines.

10. Have fun! While regular run of the mill bikes may simply be a form of transportation, mountain bikes are all about having a lot of fun.


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